Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

God’s Gift of Eternal Life: Beginning, Building, Ending

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Last Sunday, January 19, I attended the Right to Life Mass at the Basilica of St. John with Bishop Pates. It is great to keep in prayer the need we have to continue building the Culture of Life. Later that evening, the St. Luke’s 500 Club had its first meeting. It appears there are many more ways to play this game than I thought.

Monday evening, I enjoyed one of our supper clubs with dinner at the Leaning Tower of Pizza - great food. The St. Luke’s Knights of Columbus had their monthly meeting afterward - awarding their checks to groups they sponsored by their Tootsie Roll collection.

Tuesday afternoon and early evening, I went with members of the Finance Committee for 2nd visits to two banks for further discussions about their loan process for our Phase I. That evening, the St. Luke’s School Marketing Committee met to discuss ways to determine interest in St. Luke’s School at this time. A “Survey Monkey” simple questionnaire was put together and will be sent out at a later date.

Wednesday, I attended the meeting with our Architects and Contractor downtown. More and more details are being resolved as the construction documents are getting closer to completion. Documents for the steel fabrication were to be completed January 23 so the contractor could send them out for bid. That afternoon, Bruce Mehlhop and I visited at Bolton-Hay Company to discuss the plans for our kitchen. It was a good discussion where we could have a supplier of appliances and commercial kitchens review the plans made so far.

Thursday noon, Brian Mulcahy from our Finance Council and I had lunch with Don and Charlene Lamberti. It was nice to keep them updated on the progress of our Phase I plans. That afternoon, Neumann-Monson Architects had an open house in their new downtown Des Moines offices which I attended. Nice place! That evening, we had our 1st St. Luke’s Building Committee meeting. It was a preliminary gathering of those interested in being on this committee and those who want to be part of its subcommittees. After an opening discussion, groups met for discussion about their respective subcommittee responsibilities. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February12 at 6:30 pm at the Rectory.

Friday there was an evening meeting of the whole Finance Council to discuss the bank meetings held earlier in the week. A lively discussion of the report from the banks followed. More will be reported in the near future.

Saturday morning, about 20 men of St. Luke’s met at St. Anne’s and went out to unload the pews from the truck at Jim and Pat Brady’s barn near Polk City. By the time I arrived there after confessions, they were all but finished. Great job guys! I timed it just right. Your help is very much appreciated. After the pews were secured, I went to Polk City Care Center and anointed Theresa Vanderah. She died later that night and her funeral will be in Marshalltown. Keep her and her family in your prayers.

Saturday evening at the 4:30 pm Mass, I had the privilege of baptizing Kinley Grace Haaland, daughter of Kirk and Kelley. She didn’t open her eyes until I introduced her to the parish. That evening, I helped with confessions with the women’s CEW.

Thank you for your prayers while I am skiing in Colorado.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann